Dr. Vineetha R

Professor and Head

Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology

Qualification: BDS, MDS (Oral Medicine & Radiology)


    As Professor and Head of the department, she is responsible for the smooth functioning of the department.  She is responsible for organizing the activities of the department and advising the staff on necessary matters. She is responsible for administration, resource utilization, innovation, procedures, monitoring, information, education, health, and safety of the staff, students, and patients. 

    Other responsibilities include

    • Providing quality dental care to patients
    • UG and PG teaching by engaging them in lectures, clinical demonstrations, and tutorials
    • Internal Assessment of UG and PG students 
    • Regular Curriculum revision and Question paper setting 
    • Monitoring the smooth functioning of Clinics, Radiology, and CBCT facility
    • Habit counseling for patients with chewing/ smoking tobacco habit
    • Organizing dental education programs pertaining to Specialty
    • Research Guide for Student and Faculty projects
    • Monitoring the infection control practices in the department

      Institutional responsibilities:

    • In Charge -Tobacco cessation Clinic
    • In Charge - Orofacial Clinic
    • Faculty coordinator -Post Graduate advanced certificate course in Laser dentistry
    • Certified ISO auditor


Subject Semester / Year
Oral Medicine and Radiology Third year and Final year BDS Part I and MDS


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MDS Oral Medicine and Radiology Manipal College of Dental Sciences ,Manipal 2007
BDS Government Dental College , Calicut 2001


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, MCODS Manipal Reader Teaching and Patient Care 2011-2012
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, MCODS Manipal Assistant Professor Teaching and Patient Care 2007-2011
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology Associate Professor Teaching and Patient Care 2012 - 2016
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology Professor Teaching, Patient care and Administration Jan 15th 2016 -till date

Usefulness of salivary alpha amylase as a biomarker of chronic stress and stress related oral mucosal changes

Clinico-pathologic pattern and outcome of oral cancer affecting young individuals in a south Indian population -A pilot study

Prevalence of abnormal panoramic radiographic findings in edentulous patients. Manipal


Area of Interest

Potentially Malignant Lesions of Oral Cavity, Chronic Orofacial Pain, Tobacco cessation, Salivary Diagnostics

Area of Expertise

Management of Oral Mucosal lesions, Cone Beam CT

Area of Research

Diagnostic value of Salivary fluids, Oral Cancer-Clinic-pathologic pattern, Salivary Diagnostics, Cone Beam CT applications in various pathologies

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Awards and Recognition 

  • Recipient of Manipal University – Faimer International Institute For Leadership In Inter-professional Education (MUIFIILIPE) Fellowship on May 8th, 2017
  • Received Good teacher award four times (2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019)
  • First prize for the Scientific paper of the session titled ‘ Role of Diagnostic Adjuncts in Mucormycosis: a Case series with Review of literature’  and also the  IAOMR Best research paper in Faculty category award (Overall) instituted by Mangalore study Group at National IAOMR PG Convention 2018 held at Vijayawada on 24th and 25th August 2018
  • Second prize for scientific paper titled ‘Osteoradionecrosis: Concepts and Challenges Revisited – A case series’ at 29th  National Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology held on  & 3rd 4th and  5th December 2017 at  ITS dental college, Ghaziabad, UttarPradesh
  • Awarded First Prize for the Scientific E-poster Presentation for the topic titled ‘Dental patients on thrombo-prophylactic drugs-Current concepts and Controversies’ in the 43rd Karnataka State Dental Conference held at Bantwal  on 17th to 20th Dec 2015
  • Awarded Second Prize for the Scientific Poster (Faculty Review Paper category) titled 'Gene Therapy-Taking Oral Cancer Research to New Heights'  in the International Symposium on Head and Neck Tumours-Transfer of Cancer biology to Cancer Medicine held at Manipal on 3rd and 4th October 2015
  • Awarded second prize for the scientific paper titled ‘Diseases in disguise- A diagnostic dilemma for dental practitioners” in the 44th Kerala State Dental Conference held at Trivandrum on 6th 7th and 8th January 2012
  • Awarded The Best paper Award for  paper titled “Is salivary alpha amylase a biomarker of chronic psychosocial stress and stress related oral mucosal changes- A Cross sectional study”  in the XXII  National Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology, held at New Delhi on 17th – 19th December 2010


Professional Affiliations 

  • Life Member of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine And Radiology, 2006 
  • Life Member of Indian Dental Association, 2010 
  • Life member of  Indian Red Cross, 2011

Invasive cervical resorption- a diagnostic dilemma

2012-01-01 Yogesh Chhaparwal Keerthilatha Muralidhar Pai Rohit Bhailal Gadda

Hong Kong Dental Journal

Short root anomaly of a single tooth: A rare finding

2011-11-01 Keerthilatha M Pai Ajay G Nayak Yogesh Chhaparwal

Archives of Oral Research v 7, n 3

Unusual clinical presentation of generalised gingiva enlargement- A report of 3 cases

2012-04-01 Smitha Rani Thada Keerthilatha M Pai

International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine and Public Health Vol 4 No.

An unusual case of cheek abscess in a patient with oral sub-mucous fibrosis

2011-07-01 Sushma Pandey Dhakal Keerthilatha M Pai Ajay G Nayak

Journal of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology

Diagnostic contributions of imaging features to differentiate ameloblastomas from keratocystic odontogenic tumours: a commentary

2011-01-01 Pathak N, Pai KM

Dento-maxillofacial Radiology 40,401.

Maffucci’s Syndrome: report of a case with oral manifestation

2011-01-01 Yogesh Chhaparwal Keerthilatha Muralidhar Pai Rohit Bhailal Gadda

Arch Oral Res 7(1):75-8.

Unusual red lesion of gingiva- Differential diagnosis and management

2011-01-01 Vidhyasagar S Pai KM

J Can Dent Assoc 77:b77.

Unilateral segmental odontomaxillary hypoplasia: an unusual case report

2011-01-01 Pandey S Pai KM Nayak AG

Imaging Science in Dentistry 41, 39-42.

Radiographic Evaluation of soft Palate Morphology and Correlation with gender on Lateral Cephalograms

2015-12-10 Smriti K Pai KM Vineetha R Pentapati KC

World J Dent 2015;6(3):147-149

Can ultrasonography findings of tongue cancer really predict cervical lymph node metastasis? Letter to Editor

2015-12-02 Kumar Swati KM Pai R Vineetha

Oral Med Oral Surg Oral Rad 2015;119(2): 254 -255

Generalized fibrotic gingival enlargement in a psoriatic patient – an association or co-incidence.

2015-11-10 Thada SR Vineetha R Pai KM

BMJ Case Rep . BMJ Case Reports 2015: Published Online: [1 September 2015] doi:10.1136/bcr-2015-211071

Usefulness of salivary alpha amylase as a biomarker of chronic stress and stress related oral mucosal changes- a pilot study

2014-12-11 Vineetha R Pai KM Vengal M Gopalakrishna K Narayanakurup D

J Clin Exp Dent. 2014;6(2):e132-137

Enhanced salivary secretion by interferential current stimulation in patients with dry mouth: a pilot study—a commentary

2016-01-10 Mathangi K Komal Smriti Vineetha R Keerthilatha M Pai

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology October 2016; Volume 122, Issue 4, Pages 519–520 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oooo.2016.05.025

Medication related osteonecrosis of jaw in a leukemia patient undergoing systemic arsenic trioxide therapy: A rare case report. Mathangi Kumar, Vineetha Ravindranath, Kudva Adarsh. Oral Oncology 99 (2019) 104343


Oral manifestations in chronic kidney disease patients undergoing hemodialysis: a hospital-based study. Swati Kumar, Ravindranath VINEETHA, Keerthilatha M. PAI, Ravindra PRABHU Vathsala PATIL,, Komal Smriti. Minerva Stomatologica 2020 October;69(5):302-8


Diffuse gingival enlargement: an unusual diagnostic clue for pulmonary tuberculosis. Vineetha, R.Manu, M.K.Mohapatra, A.K.Pai, K.M.Pai, K.The Lancet Infectious Diseases 18(11), pp. 1288

• Awareness regarding the prescription of probiotics used in dentistry amongst dental and medical professionals: • Awareness amongst dental professionals about the effects and interactions of intraoral dental materials during magnetic resonance imaging • Radiographic screening of edentulous arches prior to denture fabrication. • Quantitative and qualitative analysis of palatal rugae patterns in South Indian population